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Nov 30, 2017

"I. YOU. WE. MATTER."

To the outside world, Matt Emerzian was living the “American Dream”. He was a gifted athlete, successful in the entertainment industry, hung out with famous people, and was living the “Hollywood lifestyle”. Until one Monday morning when it fell apart and his life changed forever.

The author of Every Monday Matters, Matt tells his story of brokenness and the long process of rebuilding his spirit. He now shares his story and experiences around the country, speaking to people about depression, anxiety, and feeling unworthy, unappreciated, and unloved.   

Join me and Matt as we talk about his journey back from the dark years to finding a calming and grounded existence.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Matt realized his “ladder was leaning against the wrong wall” and thought about taking his life because he felt he didn’t really matter.
  • Get Matt's book, Every Monday Matters which offers 52 ideas for doing something positive.
  • One of his father's favorite sayings is, “good for goodness’s sake” and it is now the motto Matt lives by.
  • He grew up playing competitive soccer and even got to play in Germany until he blew out his knee. After that, he picked up water polo and was eventually recruited by UCLA.
  • After graduation, he became a band manager in LA. He was having the time of his life. He met and ended up getting hired on the spot by Robert Kardashian. Robert owned one of the largest music marketing companies in LA.
  • His definition of success was cliché: be rich, hang out with famous people, be single, etc. Matt "had it all"
  • One Monday morning, getting ready for work, his chest started hurting and thought he was going to have a heart attack. A doctor visit confirmed he was having a very severe panic attack.
  •  “It’s not about you!” His therapist shared this with him and he credits this saying with saving his life.
  • Matt’s therapist helped him overcome his panic attacks and unhappiness – and self-acknowledge selfish lifestyle – by spending time each week volunteering. It changed his life and became his favorite part of the week.
  • He created a youth curriculum for educators focused on the principles of: “I matter. You matter. We matter.” 

MATTHEW EMERZIAN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Man's Search for Meaning, that book just speaks to meA Purpose Driven Life, the first line of the book was profound to me. Where the Red Fern Grows, it is a story of love, compassion, and heartbreak. It made me feel deeper than I ever imagined before.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? My wife and I would love to own our first home together. Then it would be how can I put those dollars to use to have an impact on communities and people. Along the line of the work I currently do. It would be invested in social good.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My wife’s childhood blanket. It was a gift from her father.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Jesus and Bono. I see us talking about where it all went wrong and how we can change it. By "it" I mean humanity & our culture. I think Jesus would say, it is time for us to love our neighbors more.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Listen first. I really try to be a good listener and be super present. To learn, yet also to honor whoever I’m talking to.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? The road might get bumpy, but have faith. It is OK if your story doesn’t turn out exactly like you thought it would.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?Matt Emerzian lived a life that mattered.

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I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired.

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Nov 23, 2017

"Pay attention to the movements in your soul."

Fr. Jim Martin is an author, speaker, editor for American Magazine, contributor to the New York Times, Jesuit priest and consultant to the Vatican. SO MUCH in the marketplace is secular so I know this may feel unfamiliar.

Actually, question #13 on the survey I give clients to help me prepare my presentation is this: "What topic do you not want me to speak to?" 

Nearly each of the 1,500+ presentations I've given I've received the same answer: Religion and politics.

My friends, if we are unwilling to even whisper about religion and politics - we'll never find common ground or live our best lives. Today's episode is much less about religion and much more about discovery and how to live our best life going forward.

Today, Fr. Jim will help us better understand the movements in our soul... and why it's critically important that we stop and listen to them.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Fr. Jim did not grow up in a religious household. 
  • He studied finance + took a job with GE. The first years were exciting: A yuppy with good money in New York. After a few years, he felt trapped, asking: How am I going to get out of this?
  • He went to a psychologist to deal with the stress and also began reading the writings of Thomas Merton. 
  • After a year, the therapist asked: What would you do if you could do anything you wanted to do?
    • Every young person should be asked this question.
    • Answering this question is how you make the leap from being miserable into discovering a new calling.
  • He joined the seminary and 10 years later was ordained a priest and assigned to America Magazine where he's been since.
  • He had no clue what he was getting into and his parents and friends were a mix of horrified and upset. A year later they got it.
  • "God works through your desires. There's a push and pull to something else."
  • "Desiring something more fulfilling, satisfying? Pay attention to those movements in your soul. That's the call."
  • What do I want to do with my life? That's something everyone struggles with; if we let ourselves. Allow yourself to answer that question.
  • "The hardest part of leaving the corporate structure is the money. But its ultimately really freeing."
  • "The most freeing and fun thing is being able to be myself."
  • Think of times you've felt moved. Everyone has these but they aren't encouraged to reflect on them, name them as God.
    • Holding your first child, feeling the undeniable love and not knowing where it comes from? That's God awakening His love in you.
    • Wanting more in life. That's God calling to you.
    • Falling in love with your spouse. That's God calling you together.
  • Fr. Jim has written 10 books, including:
  • What do you say to people lukewarm to faith? The first step in the spiritual life for lukewarm people is the insight that the desire for God is actually God calling you. When you can at least consider that, it changes everything. It's not just a weird feeling.
  • "That which you seek is seeking you." - Rumi

Fr. Jim Martin's Live Inspired 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The 7 Story Mountain changed my life. The story of Thomas Merton, an American raised in France and the UK, who finds true meaning in a Trappist Monastery. 

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I'd turn the check right over to the Jesuits!

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? At the day of our vows, we're giving a medal cross, we keep it our whole lives and we are buried with it. I'd get my vow cross.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Jesus! My first question would be, what would my life have been like if I didn't join the Jesuits. And I'd want to ask what was life like in Nazareth growing up - there is not a lot mentioned about his childhood.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Don't let anyone prevent you from becoming the person you want to be.

A lot of times we react to people or try to be a person that is liked. That's not the person we're meant to be. We're meant to be ourselves. Trying to be the person everybody likes, that is useless. Be yourself.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Be yourself. Stop trying to be what other people want you to be. 

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? He was a good Jesuit.

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I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Live Inspired with John everyday on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning 

 
 
 
Nov 16, 2017

“I wanted the same opportunities as the next person. I was no different, other than skin color.”

In 1954, the Supreme Court decided with Brown vs. Board of Education that separate schools for black and white students were unconstitutional. In the spring of 1957, Little Rock, Arkansas was the epicenter of racial tension as Little Rock Central High School prepared for the integration of its first nine students of color. 

Carlotta Walls LaNier was a member of the "Little Rock Nine." In the decades since, Carlotta was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor a US citizen can receive, for championing freedom and persevering in the face of bigotry to earn equal rights for herself and others. 

Join me and Carlotta to talk about her historic role in school integration and how she has been an inspirational leader for so many despite the challenges she faced.

SHOW NOTES: 

  • In the spring of 1957, at the age 14, she was the youngest member of the Little Rock Nine.
  • Brown vs. Board of education (1954) was talked about in her home and church and it allowed her to set a goal to go to school closer to home.
  • Sept. 23, she was taken out of school because a mob appeared and the 17 police officers protecting the "Nine" feared they could not handle the size of the mob. She came back Sept. 25. It was then that President Eisenhower decided to call in the 101st Airborne; giving her a guard walk her to class.
  • Kids walked on the back of her heels until they bled. When she dropped a book, she'd be kicked when reaching to pick it up.
  • Get a copy of her book, A Mighty Long Way: My Journey To Justice At Little Rock Central High School.
  • Carlotta was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor a citizen in the U.S. can receive. President Clinton asked to present it to her at the White House.
  • “Education is the road to success.” "I knew I was doing the right thing."
  • "I did not go there to be an icon or hero."
  • She was determined to go to her 50th class reunion. Many were cordial, but also many were still stuck in the 50’s.
  • “My parents never taught me to hate.”
  • “I’m not going to waste my energy and time on ignorance.”
  • "I’m disappointed in the lack of leadership in this country."
  • "Know who you are. Once you're centered, you know what to do."

CARLOTTA WALLS LANIER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? A Mighty Long Way &  Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary. The legendary lawyer and Supreme Court Justice left an indelible mark on me.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? First, I’d make sure my family was taken care of and my grandchildren were set up for college. Then, I’d want to make sure the people of Puerto Rico have clean water and I’d give to NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My Congressional Gold Medal.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Thurgood Marshall.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? You got a lot of work to do ahead. Stay true to yourself. Stay in the moment.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? When I make a commitment, I see it on to its' end.

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I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Live Inspired with John everyday on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest, Instagram and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning

Nov 9, 2017

"Success leaves a blueprint."

My friends success leaves a blueprint and we are lucky to have 10 amazing guests who shared their blueprint - trials, errors, challenges, wins, successes, joys - with us this season.

Learning from their model, we will become more inspired in the way we lead our lives. I can't believe we get to hang out with these amazing friends.

II’ll recap my favorite lessons, so you can be reminded and/or encouraged to go back to the episodes that are most relevant for you; so that you can live your most inspired life with a little help from our friends.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Ep. #45: SALLY HOGSHEAD, listen here. Sally typically shares her expertise on branding with major brands like Nike, Ikea and Target. On this episode, she helps us identify our best qualities, and those of our businesses, so we can better connect with others and live inspired. You'll love the simple Fascination Quiz she shares so you can dig deeper after the episode.

    Sally also told a story she doesn't often share, during which she said, "My dad gave me life and then 10 years later, he gave it back to me." You'll understand more about what she meant by the quote and what it means to each of us when you listen.

  • Ep. #46 DENNIS GILLAN, listen here. This was a special episode for Suicide Prevention Month and one of the most emotional, yet joy-filled and humorous ones, we've had.

    Dennis has been to the darkest places and yet come back out to show us how we can live in the light. Dennis committed his life to reducing the number of completed suicides and removing the stigma around mental health after losing his two brothers to suicide. His story helps us break down the stigma around mental health and better care for ourselves, those we love and those in the wake of suicide already.

  • Ep. #47 DANIEL SILVERSTEIN - listen here. So many of us are experts at identifying what is wrong in the world, aren’t we?

    On this episode we were joined by a guest who didn't just identify what was wrong in his industry, he created a solution to the problem… and built an inspired business around it. Daniel Silverstein will inspire you to look at your challenges as opportunities to make a bigger impact.

    My favorite quote was: "Why NOT me?" Why can't I be the change needed in my industry, neighborhood, family.

  • Ep. #48 MARK SANBORN - listen here. “It was out of abject failure that I learned to professionally speak.”

    This was astounding to hear Mark Sanborn say as he hero of mine, giant in the speaking industry and author of the much loved The Fred Factor and just released The Potential Principle.

    Hang out with us to realize the truth in one of his popular quotes, "We enjoy our successes but learn more from our setbacks.”

  • Ep. #49 DINA DWYER-OWENS - listen here. Dina is a new friend that I met through Rory Vaden, a self-discipline expert who joined us in Season 2 on episode 3x. Rory rocked. When he said "You gotta meet Dina" I was ALL IN.

    Dina is co-chairwoman of Dwyer Group, has 3,000 franchisees across North America and appeared on the CBS hit Undercover Boss. She runs her business by focusing on clients, employees and a clear core value system. Learn how to apply this 3-part focus in your life so you can live and work inspired, too.

  • Ep. #50 CURT STEINHORST - listen here. Ready to learn hacks to save your attention for things that REALLY matter?

    Did you know that: Every 6 minutes people check their phones. Married adults spend more time online than with their spouse. People spend 1 – 4 hours loafing on the internet during a work day. Wow — it’s easy to see the problem! 

    Curt explains the solutions he shares in his new book Can I Have Your Attention? so you can live inspired in this tech-centered world.

  • Ep. #51 EDIE LITTLEFIELD SUNDBY - listen here. On this episode we went on an amazing journey, spanning the 1,600 miles of the El Camino Real "Mission" trail from Mexico to California. Better than the journey we took was the guide who led us.

    Edie Littlefield Sundby is know as "the mission walker" and her mantra is "while alive, live." Edie took a devastating cancer diagnosis and turned it into an opportunity to follow her dreams and look at every day as a "bonus".

    This episode is for anyone touched by illness. Edie's spirit will inspire you in ways you didn't know possible.

  • Ep. #52 JOHN RUHLIN - listen here. "Are you sowing seeds for 50-year relationships or 5-minute relationships?”

    John Ruhlin will help you better understand this question and the importance of how you answer it. He teaches generosity as a competitive advantage in business for clients like NASCAR and the Miami Dolphins and is the author of Giftology. Join us to learn how to give more inspired gifts this year and always.

  • Ep. #53 OZZIE SMITH - listen here. Join me and one of the St. Louis Cardinals players who signed baseballs for me when I was 9 and learning to write again after my fire.

    [Don't know the epic story? Listen to Ep. #32 to hear how Hall of Fame Cardinals Announcer Jack Buck changed my life + rallied the entire Cardinals team to join in his effort.]

    Ozzie shared about being a hall of fame shortstop and man. This episode was so special to me we recorded a video of it, too.

  • Ep. #54 Richard Bach - listen here. We ended the season with the legendary author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull - a book that spent 2 years on the New York Times bestseller list and one that many of our podcast guests have listed as their favorite book when asked in the Live Inspired 7 at the end of every episode.

    Richard's writing, embraced by millions since the 1970s, suggests we are born to fly, and, we are free. 

    Don't miss this epic interview with a man who doesn't often give interviews. It's an honor to have him on the show. Don't miss it. 

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I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday for the start of Season 6! Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Live Inspired with John every day on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning 

Nov 2, 2017

"We are so much more than mortals suffering on this planet."

Each of the 50+ episodes of the Live Inspired Podcast I end by asking our guest the "Live Inspired 7 Questions." The first - What is your favorite book? - has been answered SO MANY times with: Johnathan Livingston Seagull. 

So intrigued by the impact this little book had on so many of our amazing guests (and from a little research quickly learned on millions worldwide since it was published in 1970) I knew we had to have the author on the show.

The beloved author, Richard Bach, has written 30 book, is a pilot, philosopher, seeker of love and doesn't often grant interviews. I am so honored to have him joining us to share about his writing, the accident that nearly cost his life and the nearly 8 decades of inspired living he's been granted thus far.

Join me and Richard Bach today to talk about listening to the voice that calls out to you and a little seagull named Johnathan.

SHOW NOTES:

  • "When we ask we receive."
  • Describing his famous book, "here is a little seagull who loves to fly. He can fly at extreme speeds. Because of this, he is thrown out of the flock."
  • Johnathan Livingston Seagull was rejected 18 times before it was published. It then spent over 2 years on the New York Times Bestseller list, was translated into 50 languages, made into a movie and recently an app
  • "Disasters can be blessings and blessings can be disasters."
  • Richard's favorite line in Johnathan Livingston Seagull; “You have the freedom to be yourself. Here and now. Your true self and nothing can stand in your way.”
  • "I’m so slow to learn. I need multiple lifetimes to become one with love."
  • "It doesn’t matter what we do, it matters how much we love."

Richard Bach's Live inspired 7.

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? It was a book that was given to me, Johnathan Livingston Seagull.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it? I couldn’t imagine the number of chocolates that I could buy with millions of dollars. The only inheritance I’ve received is the time/experiences I’ve had with people.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Dog food, a package of marshmallows, and a fork.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Ray Bradbury, he wrote Dandelion Wine & Zen and the Art of Writing.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Follow your highest right. Within ourselves, we decide the best thing for us to do in any situation. I think we would have a pretty good life if we follow that simple rule.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? Try to fail at anything you don’t care about. Find out what you love and be successful at that.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Richard Bach loved the sky and with his books, he brought us there.

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I can’t wait to see you here next Thursday! Today is your day. Live Inspired.

Live Inspired with John everyday on FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterest and get his Monday Motivation email: www.JohnOLearyInspires.com/Monday-Morning 

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